…. The effervescent Glenn B from over at Ballseye’s Boomers asked an absolutely magnificent question the other day in my comments to my post about arriving back from Scotland…..

… and seeing that such subject matter as his question pertains to is so very dear to my heart, I suppose that I should give you Scotch connoisseurs out there a little information on the two beautiful malts that I brought back with me….

…. The first malt was bought at The Royal Lochnagar Distillery just outside Ballater…. It caught my eye as soon as I began checking their well-stocked shelves…. T’was a Talisker, gentle people…. casked in 1992 and bottled earlier this year by the uber-secretive distillers who run the only distillery on the Isle of Skye…..

..... the malt itself is just about as tasty as they come… and being that it is also a limited run “Distiller’s Edition”, it is only available at shops within the United Kingdom…. Indeed, none of it is ever allowed to be exported….. so it shall make a perfect ‘thank you” gift for a fellow blogger who enjoys a snifter or two of The Amber Nectar….

… secondly – and for my OWN personal consumption – I ran across a mysterious, bourbon-casked & port-finished Bowmore at The Whiskey Castle in the teensy village of Tomintoul…. The village is a regular visit of ours when we hit that area, and while out wandering the highlands one day, we suddenly found ourselves there once again….. and after methodically checking their wares, that old familiar feeling crept over me and I had to have a bottle… and Bowmore being my favorite of all the single malts from smoky, peat bog covered island of Islay, I picked one up… it was affectionately dubbed “Dawn”…. and it had two little brothers sitting beside it, too…. named “Darkest” and “Dusk”…. I decided on the lightest of the three, and I have not been disappointed in the least….

… I’d also like to add that I was pleasantly introduced to a single malt called “Clynelish” for the first time during this trip… as a matter of fact, my Father in Law took great satisfaction in handing me my first snifter – and between he, I, and my Brother in Law, we managed to put quite a dent in Aberdeenshire’s Clynelish reserves over the next five days….. but, ahhh, that is a tale for another day…… if any of you have ever enjoyed Highland Park - the Whiskey from Orkney - then you will seriously love some Clynelish.....

…. but, mercy..... all this writing of whiskey has made me begin a fierce salivation for some Bowmore…. And hey, when one has an itch, it is best to scratch it, no?..... trust me, people, it is……. so I’m off to hold down some patio furniture and watch the sun set with a fine glass in hand……

… I hope that y’all are off to do the same…..

by Eric on May 21, 2007 | Bullshit (6) | TrackBack (0) | Scotland 2007
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As a matter of fact... I just poured myself a generous portion of single malt... Cheers, Eric!

Bullshitted by Jean on May 21, 2007 08:21 PM

How bizarre - I visited the Talisker distillery on Saturday!

Bullshitted by Mark on May 22, 2007 02:19 AM

Enjoy. Glad you're back.

Bullshitted by kdzu on May 22, 2007 07:21 AM

you make it sound pretty good.

Bullshitted by holder on May 22, 2007 05:20 PM

You have certainly put me in the mood for a good glass of whiskey, but alas none is at hand, and the coffers are just baout depleted of funds. I will have to start saving up for some of the good stuff. The stuff you enjoyed sounds wonderful; if I can get my hands on some it it, and afford it, I will try it.

All the best,

Bullshitted by Glenn B on May 22, 2007 07:55 PM

ye have jer writ sumthin everbidy needs to read. sounds lack ye dint waste yer hole vacayshun, sir! i never knew bowmore wuz yer favert islay malt -- me n miz bd lacks it fine but perfer lagavulin, laphroaig n clynelish, mayhap ardbeg -- but when ye git em that good, ye caint hardly lose. one thang we luv bout bowmore is how ye kin git bowmore 12 up in here fer $20-$25, witch tiz a grate bargain. seems lack a good eggscuse to drank sum this verr evenin.

Bullshitted by buddy don on May 24, 2007 11:30 AM